Sky Garden
Photo: Owen Bilcliffe

“…a great pleasure to play with… a creative musician who plays with great time feel and beautiful tone” Sam Leak

“…reliable, consummate, and versatile… fluent and innovative jazz vocabulary” – Kevin C. McDonald, Drummer, U.S. Navy Band Commodores

“…his voice is singular on his instrument” Brad Linde, co-founder/director, Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra

“…a crack rhythm section… rollicking swing” – Washington DC City Paper

In Leeds, Washington DC and now London, John’s sight-reading, musical ear and distinctive sound have led to a diverse musical portfolio encompassing jazz, big bands, pit orchestras, pop and avant-garde. First an electric-bass specialist, he now performs increasingly on the upright bass, which will be his principal study on a Master’s course at the Royal Academy of Music starting in 2020.

John became house bassist for Washington DC’s Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra led by Joe Herrera and Brad Linde, including rep concerts under Miho Hazama and Nathan Parker Smith. He recorded twice for Linde’s avant-garde/Americana project Team Players with Billy Wolfe, Aaron Quinn and Deric Dickens, and played alongside David McDonald (Airmen of Note), Kevin McDonald (US Navy Commodores), Marty Nau, Anthony Pirog, among others.

John was bassist and MD for the Leeds University Union Big Band, including performances at the North Sea Jazz Festival and on ITV. He performed regularly with stalwarts of the Northern England scene such as Steve HanleyMartin Longhawn and Ben Lowman.

Since arriving in London, highlights include a Trevor Mires/Nathaniel Cross project (with Sam Leak, Tom Hancock, Pat Levett, Hugh Wilkinson and Rod Youngs), the Morgan Brothers Big Band, a number of musicals, and jazz engagements alongside musicians such as Hannes Riepler, Gene Calderazzo, Tom GreenNat Steele, Liam DunachieMatt AndersonRiley Stone-Lonergan, Alban Claret, and many more.

John also arranges for big bands, has worked at Sibelius, served as a copyist for the 9 to 5 UK tour, and plays the accordion.

Arrangements and transcriptions

John has arranged for big band and smaller groups in a variety of styles. His work has been performed by Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, Morgan Brothers Big Band, Leeds University Union Big Band, and others. He also creates custom arrangements for amateur or school ensembles which may require unusual instrumentation or a careful balance of difficulty levels.


John teaches:

Electric and Fretless Bass (Beginner-Advanced)
Piano (Beginner-Intermediate)
Jazz and Pop Performance and Improvisation
Theory, Harmony, Ear Training, Sight Reading etc.
Using Sibelius

Alongside a wealth of practical experience in diverse styles, John has classical training and a deep knowledge of theory, harmony, aural skills and sight-reading.

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Bass gear

John is an endorsing artist for Nordstrand Audio‘s electric basses. He uses Aguilar and Genzler amps and cabs.


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